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Wadadli Riders - Caribbean Surf Music Ambassadors (demo)dotdotdot
artworkThe Wadadli Riders are from Antigua - yes, a surfband has finally emerged from the Caribbean. Very cool to see this happening. These five tracks are extremely traditional demos, and they are very early in the band's development.
Picks: Misirlou, Mr. Moto, Church Key, Comanche, Bustin' Surfboards

Track by Track Review


Misirlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based on Dick Dale's eighties arrangement mostly, this version is solid and quite traditional. While it's definitely a bit of a muddy quality demo, it demonstrates the spunk of this emerging band.

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a nicely reverbed cover of Paul Johnson's signature tune. Not adventurous yet, but a very nice nod to the Belairs.

Church Key dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This grode live take is raw and very vintage sounding. "Church Key" is one of those under done covers these days, and it's nice to hear this done with so much reverence.

Comanche dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the raw Central Coast rage from the Revels. More reverbed, but otherwise very respectful of the song's roots.

Bustin' Surfboards dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another often overlooked classic is the (Hollywood) Tornadoes' "Bustin' Surfboards." This is perhaps the most reverent of the covers out there, except perhaps Jon & the Nightriders.